Founded in 1996 by parents who sought the very best treatment available to deliver opportunities to children and adolescents living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) provides therapeutic services for children ages 18 months to 21 years who have ASD.
Our services utilize several therapeutic modalities, including applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy. MAC’s services are center-based and in-home, and include speech and occupational therapy, assessment and diagnosis services, and individual and family therapy. At any given time, MAC serves approximately 370-400 clients throughout Minnesota. We currently have 18 centers and continue to grow to meet the needs in underserved communities.
We improve the lives of the people in our care affected by autism.
Our team of behavioral therapists, clinical staff and licensed mental health professionals are here for you, ready to make a difference. These team members include doctorate-level psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional clinical counselors.
Our focus is on supporting youth with ASD and their families in order to live a healthy and happy life. That’s it. That is our niche.
MAC believes in empowering and respecting the rights of individuals in our care. We commit to respecting human rights as set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as those enshrined in the Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons.
Our relationship with you
Your child is not just a client here at MAC—he or she becomes a member of the MAC family. We value relationships and are here for you throughout your journey. Our families have dedicated professionals at each center to guide them and answer questions. Our parent Advisory Council (PAC) is comprised of MAC parents from each center whose main purpose is to create activities to support, inform and engage MAC families. We know that ASD can be overwhelming at times; we make it a priority to put your mind at ease and offer comfort and resources that can help you.
Our staff have been trained in Safety-Care Behavioral Safety Training, a leading crisis prevention training course focusing on how to prevent behavioral challenges, de-escalate early and manage behaviors safely. The curriculum is founded upon evidence-based research in the areas of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) which we believe offers our staff and those we serve with the best strategies available. Safety-Care is consistent with our goal to maintain a comfortable, safe and learning environment and it meets or exceeds the accreditation standards outlined by CARF, JCAHO, COA and other agencies concerned with quality care. If you have additional questions regarding Safety-Care and its implementation, don’t hesitate to ask.